|Saudi MERS virus tally climbs to 42, expat infected
A Saudi man has died of the coronavirus MERS, bringing the kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42, health authorities said.
A 38-year-old man who died as a result of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was from the eastern city of Hafr al-Baten.
The ministry also said that an expat in the western city of Medina suffering from chronic kidney failure was in intensive care after he became infected with the virus, which erupted first in the kingdom's Eastern Province.
Saudi Arabia is the country worst hit by MERS, which has killed 47 people globally.
The Saudi authorities say 84 people have been infected, representing the majority of those who contracted the virus worldwide.
Experts are struggling to understand MERS for which there is no vaccine and which has an extremely high fatality rate of more than 51 percent.
It is considered a cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.—AFP